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Ceremony FAQ-OLD

When and where will the Awards Ceremony be held?

The annual awards ceremony held in Washington, DC will begin on Monday afternoon, November 6, 2017, and will close on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Please note that dates for the awards ceremony fall on Election Day for some states. We encourage you to plan accordingly and consider early voting or voting by absentee ballot. We do apologize for the inconvenience.

This year’s ceremony will be held at the historic Omni Shoreham
2500 Calvert St NW
Washington, DC 20008

Is the Awards Ceremony Agenda available?

View the updated agenda overview here.

What does the Ceremony cost?

There is no registration fee for the ceremony. However, costs of travel, lodging, and most meals are the responsibility of the school.

How many representatives may my school send?

Each school is invited to send two representatives to the ceremony, typically the building principal and a teacher (or other school personnel). Due to budget constraints, only two representatives will be noted as “official school representatives” at the awards ceremony, although former principals who were building leaders at the time of the NBRS application may also attend. In addition to the two school representatives, superintendents will be invited separately.

How soon should I book travel?

A block of rooms at the Omni Shoreham is being held at the government rate plus tax for a single room. However, please do not purchase non-refundable airline tickets until you are certain about your school’s status.

Once I know I am going to the Ceremony, what time should I plan to fly home?

School representatives are advised to book travel home after 5:30 pm on Tuesday.

How do I book a hotel room?

There is no registration fee for the ceremony, but the costs of travel and lodging are the school’s responsibility. This year’s ceremony will be held at the historic Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC.

The Omni Shoreham Hotel has sold out of our room block for the ceremony. We have been able to make arrangements at two additional hotels, a short taxi ride to the Omni Shoreham Hotel.  Please click on the hotel reservation websites below or contact the hotels directly to make your reservations. 

The Churchill Hotel DC is offering the following:

Available Dates: Sunday November 5–Wednesday November 8, 2017

Rates: Prevailing Govt Per Diem $201.00 + tax

5-7 Minute Taxi Ride

Reservation website –

Reservation Phone Number – (202) 797- 2000 and reference the National Blue Ribbon Schools 2017

Cutoff Date: October 23rd


The Washington Plaza Hotel is offering the following:

Available Dates: Sunday November 5–Wednesday November 8, 2017

Rates: $179.00 + tax

10-15 Minute Taxi Ride

Reservation Website –

Reservation Phone Number – 800-424-1140 and reference the National Blue Ribbon Schools 2017.

Cutoff Date:  October 23rd


Questions. For additional information and questions about hotel reservations, please contact us at

What happens during the awards ceremony?

In addition to presentations, networking, and small group discussions, awardees will attend a special awards luncheon. Following the luncheon, school representatives will go onstage, school by school, to be greeted by Program Director Aba Kumi and receive the National Blue Ribbon School flag and an engraved plaque as symbols of their success. A ceremony agenda will be sent out prior to the event.

Can my family attend?

School supporters and family may attend breakout sessions however there are no accommodations for attending or watching the awards ceremony.

What should I wear?

The event is not formal; wear what you would normally wear to school.

What else is there to do in the Nation’s Capital?

The agenda for the Ceremony is very full. If you can extend your stay there is much to see and do in our beautiful city. To find out about events, access Destination DC, Washington, DC’s travel and tourism site: at, the Washington Post site: at, or the Washington Times site: at The Washingtonian Magazine at: also includes a best restaurant guide.

Information on White House tours:

Are there nearby restaurants to the hotel?